Where to Sleep: Hotel and Lodging News 8.9.10

Hotel News — By on August 9, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Ashley Cheng
Hotel & Lodging Editor

Welcome to this week’s hospitality news roundup: top hotel, hostel, inn and lodging stories from around the world (wide web). Catch up on your latest news—then meet us for a drink at the lobby bar!

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For Real? Freebies at the Minibar?

Hyatt Hotels group, despite the recent hiccup in the hotel industry, has increased occupancy in the last quarter. The chain is offering affordable rates (about $130/night), faster check-ins with “hosts” and tablet computers instead of front desks, and…even free fruit. The spendthrift in all of us will be delighted by the free Internet access, gourmet snacks, bottled water, espresso and wine (totaling about $30 per room).

Source: USA Today

Checkin’ Out Who’s Checkin’ You In!

Concierge.com rounds up a list of the sexiest hotel staffs around the world. But sexiness isn’t just skin-deep for these chains. These Adonis doormen and personable personnel can also provide bonus amenities from dazzling tango performances to tips on the latest underground hip hop shows.

Source: Condé Nast Traveler

Eat, Pray, Love, Sleep: Sonesta Offers Novel Idea in Miami
To coincide with the premiere of Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel-inspired film Eat, Pray , Love, The Sonesta Bayfront Hotel is offering a special weekend package that coincides with the film’s opening starting Aug. 13, which includes a private screening, romantic Italian picnic dinner,  Indian meal and meditation.

Source: Miami New Times

San Francisco’s Historic Crescent Hotel Gets a Modernized Makeover

The original 1910 property recently opened with a fresh look. The 79-room hotel is also home to The Burritt Room, where Bar Director Kevin Deidrich can mix up a Shibuya Scrambler or a Sherry Cobbler to complement the place’s mix of old world charm and elegant glitz. Plus, the 18-drink cocktail list offers mixology instructions for at-home use!

Source: Inside Scoop SF

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